Safe Place Research

Safe Place is committed to advancing our understanding of child maltreatment, its consequences, prevention and the health policy implications of children in the child protection system.

Safe Place faculty conducts research through several centers within the CHOP Research Institute and other research programs at Penn and the Philadelphia area. Strong relationships within the Division of General Pediatrics have fostered collaborations with CHOP’s PolicyLab and Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness.

Listed below are some highlights of our research collaborations.


PolicyLab informs program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research to improve children's well-being. This is accomplished by transforming “evidence to action” through responding to community needs relevant to policy priorities.

Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness

The Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) promotes research on how to best manage pediatric illnesses, disseminates knowledge gained from this research, and implements best practices to improve the quality of care delivered to children in the CHOP Care Network.

Center for Injury Research and Prevention

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention is dedicated to advancing the safety and health of children, adolescents and young adults through comprehensive research resulting in practical tools to reduce injury and promote recovery. Within this research center is the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI). VPI is a CHOP-wide effort to interrupt the cycle of violence and builds on years of hospital and community partnership and research to address bullying, assault recurrence and intimate partner violence. Utilizing a trauma-informed care approach, various clinical and research violence prevention initiatives are implemented.

Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress is a multidisciplinary intervention development center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, with a focus on addressing medical traumatic stress. The goal of the program is to provide ill and injured children and their families the resources they need to cope with traumatic stress caused by violence-related injuries.